We started our Dolphin Cove day by wandering down to the stingray pen. Initially we just walked along the dock checking them out. Not far off, a couple of dolphins were spyhopping in their pens, checking out our group. Alex, the stingray handler, was in the pen, and told us we could get in with him. The rays had had their stingers removed and were not dangerous. As soon as Alex brought out some food, we were able to handle them, and get right up close and personal with them. It was super cool -- everyone loved it!! One of the nice things about Alex ( and the other trainers) was that he/ they we're one of the few Jamaican excursions that didn't borderline harass you for a tip. Alex was by far our favorite. He was funny, friendly, and seemed to be good with the animals. After the stingrays, we just wandered around a little bit, checking out the property. There was an ostrich pen (that's a huge bird!!), and apparently you can go on some sort of Segway excursion at the same site. There is a little snack bar where you could grab a bite to eat, if you were so inclined. I think we had about an hour to kill before it was our time with the dolphins. In retrospect, I would encourage you to upgrade to the deluxe swim with two dolphins, where they both push under your feet and put you in the air. Don't get me wrong, swimming with an individual dolphin was still super amazing. There were actually two individual dolphins, but you only ever swam with one at a time. We had Apollo and Calisa. The trainer taught us a lot about dolphins, and there was ample opportunity to get up close and expand your knowledge of these amazing creatures. Two people go and float out in the pen and the trainer sends the dolphin to pick one of you. You don't even see the dolphin coming and then he just pops up in front of one of you. With a dolphin facing you, he lets you grab his flippers, and then proceeds to pull you through the water back towards the trainer and the others in the group. Very powerful creatures. The Dolphins seemed very happy to be around humans, and would smile, and chatter happily when asked questions. As mentioned earlier, I totally would have upgraded to having the two dolphins push you through the water by the feet. They have a photographer that takes pictures of you throughout your experience. As you can guess the photos are crazy expensive, but worth it. These are memories of a lifetime -- unless you have your own dolphins!! There were three of us in our group, and I think it was about $200 for pictures. And that was for one 7 inch photo each and a CD of all the pictures of us, so you can print as many as you like. All prices were in US dollars, so don't forget about an exchange rate. All in all, it was a great experience and I highly recommend it. I only wished I could stay longer. The whole excursion only took about 4 hours including the bus ride.
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